The River Forest Park District offers weekly morning and afternoon summer camp programs, allowing our residents greater flexibility in their summer planning. Register early, as summer camps traditionally fill up quickly.
Before Club: Before Club allows parents to drop off early for supervised care before camp. Campers can eat breakfast before arriving, or may bring a Nut-free breakfast to eat during this supervised time. Staff will engage campers in fun activities that prepare them for the camp day.
Morning Camps: The Park District offers four (4) morning camps geared toward your child's age and interest:
- Tot Camp: 3-5 years of age. Campers must be toilet trained.
- Kidz Camp: 6-10 years of age (entering 1st through 5th grade).
- Ultimate Sports Camp: 6-10 years of age (entering 1st through 5th grade).
- Thrill Zone: 10-14 years of age (entering 5th through 8th grade).
Afternoon Camps: The Park District offers at least one art & fun camp and one sports camp each week.
Lunch Club: Lunch Club is available to provide our campers/parents the ease of transitioning from the half day camp to the afternoon camps without leaving camp. Campers will bring a lunch to eat under the supervision of our Camp Staff.
Resident Registration for Summer Camps has begun and Registration for 2020 Summer Camps is open for residents and non-residents.
Register online or download the Camp Registration Forms below.
Thrill Zone Field Trip Schedule
Refund requests for camps must be received one week before the camp meets to be eligible for a refund. A $10 cancellation fee will be applied to any refunded amount per child/per camp.
It is our intention to provide your child with a safe and secure environment. We attempt to create a warm, comfortable, and fun atmosphere that will make your child look forward to coming to camp each day. In order to ensure the quality of this program and safety of the campers, each participant must follow program rules.
4-Point Discipline Policy
Campers are encouraged to practice those social skills that will allow them to resolve conflicts and meet their needs without the use of harmful or destructive behaviors. When disciplinary situations occur that requires intervention, an adult provides the child with clear explanations as to why specific behavior is inappropriate. They then help him/her find alternative behavior that fits within the camp guidelines of appropriate behavior. These guidelines revolve around concerns for the safety of all participants in camp.
If the camp staff encounters behavior problems with any participant, he/she will first attempt to resolve the problem with the camper, if this fails, the Camp Supervisor will be consulted, followed by the parents. There is a strict 4-Point Discipline Policy. If a camper gets 2 Written Warnings during the summer, he/ she will be dismissed from the program. Every parent/guardian is required to read the following information to his/her camper and sign and return the 4-Point Discipline Policy Form to camp. This must be on file prior to the start of camp.
All camp sites have been designated NUT-FREE. We are requesting your cooperation in partnering with us to ensure a safe environment for children with nut allergies. Parents with children that have a nut allergy are requested to notify the Park District as soon as possible by completing an Allergy Action Plan Form.
If your child has any other known allergies, please fill out an Allergy Action Plan Form to keep on file.
A qualified adult Camp Director supervises each camp. Counselors at each camp are mature and enthusiastic college-aged students. All camp staff complete an extensive training program that includes supervision and safety techniques, activity development and first aid. Camp Directors are also certified in CPR, First Aid, and AED.
WSSRA provides outstanding opportunities through recreation for individuals with disabilities. In certain circumstances, additional support staff, called "Inclusion Partners", are recruited and trained to assist an individual with a disability within the Park District setting.
All participants must be able to meet the essential eligibility requirements of the particular program or camp, with or without reasonable accommodation. Eligibility requirements can be found in program guides, registration materials, codes of conduct, on the website, and through various other means of communication. You are encouraged to call the Park District with any questions on essential eligibility criteria.
Families registering participants with disabilities and special needs should make sure to timely identify any special needs or request for reasonable accommodation on the registration form.
WSSRA requires a 2 week minimum notice for requests to facilitate successful inclusion. Brochures with more information can be picked up at The Depot, 401 Thatcher Avenue. If you have any questions regarding the Inclusion Process, please feel free to contact WSSRA's Inclusion Coordinator at 847-455-2100